New Award recognizes outstanding simulationists

New Award recognizes outstanding simulationists
Wed, December 11

Original article contributed by HIROC with additions by SIM-one

SIM-one's Bruce Ballon and HIROC's Lois Hales (far right) stand with SIM Citizenship Award recipients (from left) Marie McEwan, Lisa Satterthwaite, Dominic Giuliano, Louise Moir, Yvonne Galbraith and Luc Simard

Since its modest beginnings four years ago, the Ontario Simulation Exposition (SIM Expo) has grown to become Canada’s premier healthcare simulation event. At the 2013 SIM Expo, SIM-one was proud to host the first-ever SIM Citizenship Award.

The SIM Citizenship Award was generously sponsored by HIROC - Healthcare Insurance Reciprocal of Canada.

The SIM Citizenship Award pays tribute to Ontario simulationists who have made outstanding contributions in education, teaching and other creative professional activities. This prestigious award honours collaboration-oriented, hard-working professionals who regularly go above and beyond the expectations of their assigned roles and responsibilities.

“It’s great we’re able to honour individuals who are truly making a difference in simulation,” said Lois Hales, Senior Healthcare Risk Management Specialist at HIROC, who was on hand to present the award at the December 5 ceremony.

An impressive shortlist of talent

After many submissions for nomination were received, the committee had the difficult task of narrowing down the finalists. The shortlist for the award included:

  • Yvonne Galbraith, Georgian College
  • Dominic Giuliano, Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College
  • Marie McEwan, Durham College/University of Ontario Institute of Technology
  • Louise Moir, Canadore College
  • Lisa Satterthwaite, U of T Surgical Skills Centre at Mt. Sinai Hospital
  • Luc Simard, College Boreal

“We were astounded with the high-calibre of talent nominated,” said Bruce Ballon, Director of Education at SIM-one. “How could we just choose one winner?”

At the awards ceremony, all the nominees were on the edge of their seats, waiting to hear the winner announced. Then to everyone’s surprise, Bruce said the following, “It is very clear that these six individuals made a huge impact during the year, and have left their personal imprint on simulation, so we’ve decided to honour all six!” A chorus of applause rang through the ballroom.

“I am extremely honoured to be recognized by SIM-one and by my peers,” said Award recipient Louise Moir, a Nursing Technologist from the Nipissing/Canadore collaborative BScN program and a SIM-one Simulationist. “Much of the work I do is in collaboration with others, and for that, I am very grateful. I owe a huge thanks to my colleagues at Canadore, Nipissing and SIM-one for their dedicated hard work and unwavering support.”

“Sharing knowledge and collaborating is something we will continue to recognize and celebrate,” said Peter Flattery, HIROC CEO. “For us and partners like SIM-one, it’s all about ensuring we create the safest healthcare system for everyone.”


The Healthcare Insurance Reciprocal of Canada (HIROC) is Canada’s leading provider of healthcare liability insurance. As a non-profit organization with over 500 subscriber organizations across Canada, HIROC offers unparalleled risk management programs and claims expertise.

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About SIM-one

SIM-one—the Ontario Simulation Network—is a not-for-profit organization that connects the simulation community, facilities, resources and services across the Province of Ontario. SIM-one advocates for and advances simulated learning in health professions education for the benefit of patient care and patient safety. Fully supported by the Ministry of Health and Long-term Care (MOHLTC), SIM-one’s vision is to further position Ontario as the global leader in healthcare simulation.

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